The sense of connectedness demonstrated by gi is very well illustrated in the way the Korean people regard mountains. Throughout history, Koreans have aimed to live in harmony with mountains, rather than regarding them as massive natural objects
to be alienated from human life or conquered. Since long ago, Koreans have made shelters in the middle of the vast
mountains, and cultivated farmland on their hillsides. Even in the highly populated metropolis of Seoul, a national park is only a short subway ride away, and Seoulites of all ages go for hikes on weekends, taking advantage of the
The older generation in Korea rarely uses the common term
for "hiking," as it denotes conquering or dominating the mountain. The term
that is used instead connotes being accommodated by the mountain.
Another expression of the Korean people’s emphasis on harmony with nature is the principle Korean’s call pungsoo,
similar to geomancy. Pungsoo is related to feng shui and is based on the notion that topographical features can generate invisible forces of good or evil.
Pungsoo theory is always considered when constructing residences and even gravesites
in order to ensure there is no discord with the divination of the terrain and flow of the water.
The gi energy of the Korean people
can be felt through all aspects of art and culture, and the critically acclaimed
musical KARMA is a perfect example. KARMA has uniquely combined
the grace of dancing, the vigor of martial arts, and “Four
Graceful Plants," a famous Korean painting. The
gi and excitement of the musical have been well received local residents
and international visitors.
‘KARMA’ Perfectly Expresses the Notion of Gi
KARMA has been displaying awesome mental and physical power through a combination of martial arts, tradition, and Korean dance since 2007.